I’ll admit it. I love a good murder mystery. Podcasts never caught my attention until I started branching out into specific topics. My commutes were changed forever once I discovered the genre of true crime podcasts, and these are our current favorites that have us hooked.
The OG investigative journalism series; Serial is often cited as the first breakout podcast. Season one follows the murder of Baltimore high school student, Hae Min Lee, and the supposed convicted killer and former boyfriend, Adnan Syed.
My Favorite Murder
Comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark each tell a true crime story in this cult-favorite. This podcast mixes true crime and comedy, two subjects that normally don’t mesh, but they strike a balance that’s kept me listening for years.
COLD: The Susan Powell Case Files is an 18-part podcast that investigates the disappearance of a Utah woman in 2009. This chilling story takes an incredibly in-depth look at the case files with never-before-heard details and plenty of actual sound bites.
Dirty John follows a successful SoCal interior designer who meets a mysterious man, John Meehan. The more her family gets to know John, the more suspicious they become. The twists and turns along the way will have you sitting in your car long after you’ve finished the drive.
Small Town Murder
Two comedians pick one true crime story in a small town and take an in-depth look at what makes that town tick. Each episode begins with a barrage of statistics to really set the scene, and the hosts keep it moving and entertaining while remaining sensitive to the victim.
To Live and Die in LA
A new podcast on a super recent crime: an aspiring actress and model vanished from her Hollywood apartment in February 2018. To Live and Die in LA takes a deep dive into the disappearance of Adea Shabani, and Neil Strauss, journalist for Rolling Stone, uncovers the truth.
Dr. Christopher Duntsch claimed to be the best neurosurgeon in Dallas, but soon his patients started developing complications. This podcast is a story of the medical system that failed to protect these patients, reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
Last Podcast on the Left
This podcast “covers all the horrors our world has to offer, both imagined and real.” The three comedians who host this podcast are admittedly a little bro-y, but their thorough research is often unmatched. LPOTL is known for their incredibly in-depth yet hilarious analyses of popular, terrible things throughout history, from Casey Anthony to the Donner Party.
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Based on the US West Coast, 26-year-old Natasha (not her real name) runs a true crime blog with 11,000 followers. Her Tumblr, True Crime Hot House, is home to her obsession with murderers, and she posts letters and art that incarcerated serial killers send her through the mail. (Though she sometimes posts about Columbine, she wouldn’t call herself a full-blown Columbiner.)